Make Architecture



Assignment 3- Water jet ~ snap-fit.

What an experience it was. I was there all day (Friday26th)  and we learnt a lot of things on how to use the water-jet. The Baby-sit was triggered and it just wouldn’t go off this probably happened because of too much playing with the jet when setting it to zero. It was scary and we ended up googling the problem and finally succeeded. ‘you just have to press the reset button and keep on pressing while you move the jet to the required position to zero ‘(yayy:))

There was this huge mega problem that we faced probably Scott would explain on it better.

In the end everything worked out well 🙂

So finally , for my design this time i thought i’d make something rather interesting with a function then just a function. So i came up with this arch-like idea holding up vertical elements that could rotate. I want to experiment with arches because i am planning to make an arched ceiling for my final project so it would probably help.

Unfortunately, with time and flexibility constraints the arch didn’t quite work out properly. So i had to change it into a straight shape -rectangular. I also wanted to experiment with the rotating aspect of the design because for my final design i was thinking of being able to move the positions and angles of the mirrors. I thought of having a small round metal disc with a niche so that the vertical element could fix on it and easily be moved but this din’t seem quite practical to make it with metal probably i’ll try using some other materials that could make it work.

I tried these out instead. Inspired by the louvers system. Hope it works.


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Instructor: Nick Gelpi TA: Skylar Tibbits TA: Varvara Toulkeridou
Class Times, Monday, 1-4pm - room 5-216
4.184 is an intensive introduction to methods of making explored through a wide range of brief but focused 1-week exercises. We'll engage the real and leave behind representation in the focused context of this class gaining skills for utilizing a range of fabrication machines and technologies from lasercutting, waterjet, 3D printing, welding, formworking-molding, casting, gears, joints and composites.
In this workshop we'll constrain ourselves to the territory of the 1:1. Students will represent architectural constructions at full scale and develop a more intimate relationship with technology by engaging the tools and techniques that empower us. We will gain access to the most cutting edge machines and technologies in the MARS lab at the Center for Bits and Atoms.
The second layer of information for this course will be to look at a series of case studies in which construction methods and technologies have played a dominant role in the design process .
Over the past 20 years, architects have focused on the technology of representation to create new ideas of what architecture could be. Looking back today, much of that research failed to substantially change the way we design buildings by focusing on apriori formal configurations. This class makes the contention that this failure comes from a lack of considerations of the potentials within fabrication knowledge. We look to the future of what building might become, given the expanded palette of personalize-able technologies available to us as architects. Students will participate in curious technological and material investigations, to discover the potentials, known and unknown, for these various technologies.
The sub-disciplines of what's drawn and what's built have been compartmentalized and disassociated as the representational tools of architecture have distanced themselves from the techniques of making. At the same time the technologies for “making” in architecture have provided us with new possibilities for reinventing how we translate into reality, the immaterial representations of architecture.


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